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LA Arts Funders Meeting 11/14/2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm PST
The Underground Museum
3508 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
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Join us for the November LA Arts Funders Meeting. This meeting will feature a guided tour of The Underground Museum’s current exhibitions, including Rodney McMillian’s BROWN: videos from The Black Show, and a discussion with Museum Director, Megan Steinman. We will also have time for updates and help requests, a debrief on the GIA Conference and the annual holiday book exchange! Please bring an unwrapped book to share.

The Underground Museum (The UM) is a nonprofit arts and culture center operating out of three converted storefronts in the Arlington Heights neighborhood. The UM brings art and art experiences normally reserved for major institutions to diverse audiences for free. The UM upholds the belief that art is an essential part of a vibrant, just and healthy society. The UM serves its neighbors, a low-to-moderate income community, and LA’s thriving creative community, with unwavering conviction that increasing access to art will inspire, educate and transform lives.

BROWN: videos from The Black Show: Three years ago, Rodney McMillian presented The Black Show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Using a collection of large-scale paintings, sculptures and videos, he formed a vision of the United States scarred by its long history of racialized oppression. Many of the videos were created in South Carolina, where McMillian was born. Others were filmed around Dockery Farms, an infamous plantation in Mississippi where some claim the Delta Blues was birthed. The videos use song lyrics, political sermons and children’s stories deeply rooted in the American vernacular. His characters wear costumes like armor that serve as warning signs of—and protection from—a lush Southern landscape turned hostile by propaganda and laws. Taken together, McMillian’s videos create a mythic universe that mirrors our own, full of abundant brown earth and other suns in its skies, where we might plant the seeds of a more accurate story.

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Public and private sector grantmakers that fund arts grants in the Southern California region. Grantmaking organizations that also solicit funds are expected to designate representatives whose role involves program and/or policy, not solely development. Philanthropic consultants must be current members of Southern California Grantmakers.

If you aren't an SCG member and haven't attended an LA Arts Funders meeting before, please email Morgan Bennett at [email protected] to confirm your eligibility.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.


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